'Great outdoors saved my life'
THE simple mountain bothy might provide shelter to hillwalkers in remote corners of the country. Cat McGoldrick could never have imagined the transformative effect the refuge would have on her life.
Visiting a remote lodge in Glen Etive with Venture Scotland took the 27-year-old out of Glasgow and into an environment so different from her life in the East End of Glasgow, she vowed to change.
Struggling with alcoholism from her mid teens, for years her life for a string of drinking binges followed by blackouts. In and out of hospital to be treated for pancreatitis and liver problems, Cat has lost her older brother and a number of friends to addiction.
In trouble with the police and eventually on a home curfew, the future couldn’t have looked any bleaker. That’s when Cat says she hit rock bottom and knew she had to do something about it.
In BBC Scotland’s Bothy Life, she talks about how a basic cabin in the Highlands gave her time to take stock and build the confidence to tackle her demons.
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